Hello, all! Since my last post, I’ve been continuing to learn new things at AETN, and better myself in my skills. I’ve gotten to work with new stories, and try to mold them to fit the best narrative that can be told. It’s been fun, but I can’t believe I’m almost two-thirds of the way done with this internship! I know the end is coming quickly, so I’m trying to soak in all I can before my time is up.
I did a lot of work on the piece discussed in my last blog for the AETN Salutes Arkansas Vietnam Veterans initiative. Mr. Cole, who was a Marine, has an extraordinary story, and I tried my best to condense it into a four-minute narrative. Like I said last time, I wish I could make it longer, but it has a limit to due to time constraints. In the end, I feel like I told his story the best I could, and hope he feels that it honors him.
I’ve also been able to work on some other unique packages, such as a piece on Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) for the Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival screening of “Tell Them We Are Rising,” (coming to AETN via “Independent Lens” in Spring 2018) and a project on a lumber mill for “Agri Arkansas.” For the HBCUs, I edited interviews from four different colleges – Arkansas Baptist College, Philander Smith College, Shorter College and the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff – and it turned out very nicely.
I’ve also been working on a piece about a lumber mill in Arkansas, something else I’ve really enjoyed. I get the opportunity to shed some light on the timber industry that some people often misconstrue.During my time here, I’ve yet to go on a shoot, but I really hope I can before my time is over. I’ve learned a lot of different editing techniques that I didn’t learn in class, and I know I’ll be able to take them into my future career. I’m looking forward to sharing where the rest of internship takes me in my next post!